Sandra Haynes, chancellor of Washington State University Tri-Cities, was awarded the Sam Volpentest Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, also known as the “Sammy” award by the Richland Rotary Club at their annual Entrepreneurial Award ceremony on Nov. 7. This award is granted to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the local community through entrepreneurship and leadership.
Washington State University (WSU) Tri-Cities supports students of all backgrounds, including veterans. Recognized as a military-friendly campus, the university provides comprehensive resources for student veterans to succeed in civilian careers.
The road to a college degree is not always easy, especially for those who are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Tania Castellano, a senior at Washington State University Tri-Cities studying biology with a health science emphasis, is a Mexican American, first-generation student who is overcoming systemic barriers.
Creating plant-based fuels that are easier on the environment and the pocketbook, Washington State University Professor Bin Yang makes a positive impact through chemical engineering.
A technology that converts hazardous wood products manufacturing chemicals into valuable components to produce biofuels, food flavoring, and fragrances has earned a WSU researcher a 2023 EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Award.
A celebration for Día de Muertos will take place on the Washington State University (WSU) Tri-Cities campus to honor and celebrate those who have passed. The event is Thursday, Nov. 2 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Student Union Building on the WSU Tri-Cities campus.
Washington State University Tri-Cities has received a $150,000 donation from Bechtel National, Inc., for its tutoring center and Learning Assistants Program, and another $10,000 in scholarships to assist students pursuing a technical degree.
As part of the Washington State University (WSU) Tri-Cities programming club Coding Cougs, four students won first place with their project at DubHacks, a collegiate hackathon event at the University of Washington campus. The team competed against 741 individuals and 177 projects over two days.
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage month, Washington State University (WSU) Tri-Cities hosted a multi-dimensional series of events that highlighted the lives of Yakima Valley farmworkers from the 1960s and 70s and their fight for improved working and living conditions. Using photography, guest speakers, film, and writing the WSU Tri-Cities campus community and the greater Tri-Cities region had the opportunity to experience, appreciate and celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The events inspired connection, compassion, and understanding through shared memories and storytelling.
For Edgar Bustamante, a junior in the electrical engineering program, the road to educational success has not been easy. “As a first-generation college student and an immigrant, my educational journey has been both challenging and rewarding. For a long time, I have been dedicated to financing my education entirely out of pocket, striving to achieve my academic goals against all odds,” he said.
Washington State University Tri-Cities School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has been upgrading major components of its engineering lab thanks to a generous $200,000 investment from Doug and Julia Hamrick.
Mental healthcare is a growing priority for many Washington residents. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic uncovered a great need for mental health professionals across the United States, with many rural areas lacking access to professionals completely.
“WSU Tri-Cities is a hidden gem,” he said. “We are located in an area that offers great opportunities without a lot of the competition that one might experience at a much larger university. And the people who work here – our faculty, administration, staff and everyone behind the scenes – are here to make sure we all succeed. We, as students, aren’t just a number or another name on the roster.”
“I am very grateful for my experience here and the people I came to know and what I have gained as a result, getting my degree was important to me, and I wanted to finish it without accruing any student loans. The feeling of completion and accomplishment and knowing that I did well is so validating.”
“Everybody here at WSU Tri-Cities is trying to help you succeed, there are a lot of resources here if you use them, and they help you out a lot. I am very happy I came here. WSU Tri-Cities has made me realize that optometry is a competitive field and I need to be a competitive applicant. I’ve definitely gotten help every time I’ve asked for it.”
“Attending WSU Tri-Cities is probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, the connections I’ve made here, the mentors I’ve had, the external family that I’ve now gained as part of the WSU Cougar community, is priceless. I couldn’t be more grateful for the amazing opportunities I’ve had and people I’ve met through my experience at WSU Tri-Cities.”